Elin Royles

Dr, BSc Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth, MSc (Econ) Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth, PhD Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth


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Elin joined the department in 2003 and is a Reader. Her research and teaching are associated with the areas of: Territorial Politics and Post-devolution UK politics; Sub-state diplomacy and Nation-building; Sub-state climate change & sustainable development policy; Civil society; Language planning and policy.

She is a Member of Executive Committee and Theme Leader for ‘Language, Culture and Identities’  at the University's Centre for Welsh Politics and Society and a member of the Department of International Politics Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing team. 

Research interests

Main areas of research: Territorial Politics and post-devolution UK politics; Sub-state diplomacy and nation-building; Sub-state climate change & sustainable development policy; Civil Society; Language planning and policy.

She is currently involved in the following 

Research grants: 

WP C3.1 - ‘Shifting forms of governance and the grassroots politics of separatism’, part of theme 3 Contentious Politics and Civic Gain of the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society - Civic Satisfaction and Civil Repair project (with Dr Anwen Elias, Prof. Rhys Jones and Dr Nuria Franco-Guillen, Aberystwyth University)

James Madison Trust project on 'Assessing the UK’s new intergovernmental relations architecture post-Brexit' (with Dr Carolyn Rowe Aston University, Dr Rachel Minto Cardiff University).


ARFOR 2 programme evaluation led by Wavehill as main contractor

Her thesis that won the Political Studies Association's Walter Bagehot Prize for the best thesis in government and public administration in 2004-05 and between 2005 and 2014 she was co-editor of the Contemporary Wales journal.


PhD Supervision
Territorial politics and sub-state governance

Welsh Politics and society

Language policy and planning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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